Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro
Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaraguan
Factory: El Titan de Bronze
CigarNoise Price Range: $15-$19
Availability: Extremely Limited (600 cigars released at the beginning of 2015)
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Warped Black Honey – Preliminary Musings:
I was able to acquire a Warped Black Honey several months ago with the sole purpose of reviewing it. Then, as I would approach the humidor each day, I always found a reason to talk myself out of it. Allergies, sinus trouble, rain, ridiculous heat, headaches, always an excuse.
Today I decided that, for Warped Wednesday, I would smoke this cigar after dark and as the second cigar of the day, setting the stage to ensure that I wouldn’t be reviewing it. I wanted to enjoy it for what it’s worth and let the time pass without analyzing or scrutinizing the experience. Basically, I wanted to chicken out.
And then I clipped the head, toasted the foot, waited patiently, and took the first satisfying puff of many. So here I am, in my pajamas, sweating my ass off in Louisiana swamp weather, writing about the experience. It’s too good not to share.
Warped Black Honey – Flavors:
As soon as I torched this unicorn, I was hit with a blast of delectable greatness that I truly wasn’t expecting. Deep tones of cream, caramel, nougat, and milk chocolate hit me so hard that here I am doing what I set out not to do: writing about this bad mamma jamma. The first half inch of the Warped Black Honey tastes just like a Milky Way bar. Mild pepper tickles the back of my throat from time to time, but sweet and creamy is dominating this cigar right now. The aftertaste, interestingly enough, is of grilled meat. Probably pork, because that’s how I roll.
At approximately one inch in, the flavors shift as cedar surges to the top unexpectedly along with intermittent hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. Dropping the ash, thick notes of caramel are drizzled onto my palate once again, balancing those sharper notes from the cedar. Near the midway point, the body has already started to intensify: deep, robust flavors that wash out some of the nuances and leave no questions as to what’s under the hood. Sharp cedar, heavy cream, and pralined pecans are driving the bus.
Oak, traditional pecan flavors, dried fruit, and bitter chocolate mark yet another transition in the Warped Black Honey as I begin inspecting the band for removal. With just under two inches to spare, the bitter chocolate and pecans were becoming less appetizing and I thought it was almost time to call it quits. Then, out of nowhere, robust cinnamon-apple flavors took the stage and flipped the script yet again.
Warped Black Honey – Final Thoughts:
I went into this experience completely expecting this cigar to fall very, very short of the hype train. The pedestal that the Warped Black Honey rests on would be fit for Atlas himself to rest. And yet, I couldn’t have been more pleasantly surprised to see that it deserves it’s place on the Unicorn List for more reasons than exclusivity.
If I had to describe this cigar in one word it would be, “Please-please-please-Kyle-make-more-of-these-tasty-bastards.” Such a great blend
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